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Saturday, 18th Aug 2018

Betfred Cup Second Round: Saturday 18th August 2018, 3.00pm kick off at East End Park

This Saturday a big crowd is anticipated for the visit of Premier League Hearts in the Betfred Cup. The draw could have been kinder to the seeded Pars but they have home advantage and will be hoping to make that count.

The sides have faced each other eleven times in the League Cup and Hearts have the edge having won six to the Pars four - in 1971, 1974 (2) and 1997. The last meeting at Tynecastle last season ended a 2-2 draw.

Milestones v Hearts (Home)
Last Victory | 03/02/07 | 1-0 | Scottish Cup
Last Defeat | 07/04/12 | 1-2 | SPL
Best Victory | 02/01/69 | 4-2 | Div One*
Worst Defeat | 26/11/55 | 0-5 | Div A*
*Pre league reconstruction

Dunfermline have recorded just one win in the last dozen games between the teams, with two draws, and nine defeats.

Last Twelve Matches v Hearts

Date H/A F-A Scorers
29/07/17 A 2-2 [0-1] Cowie [1-1], Cardle, [2-1] McManus [2-2] Gonçalves
07/04/12 H 1-2 [0-1] Glen, [0-2] Keddie og, [1-2] Zaliukas og
17/12/11 A 0-4 [0-1] Elliot, [0-2] Taouil, [0-3] Templeton, [0-4] Skacel
15/10/11 H 0-2 [0-1] Webster, [0-2] Skacel
23/09/09 A 1-2 [1-0] Bayne, [1-1] Glen, [1-2] Stewart pen.
25/09/07 A 1-4 [0-1] Nade pen [1-1] Simmonds, [1-2] Berra, [1-3] Elliot, [1-4] Elliot
03/02/07 H 1-0 [1-0] Wilson
02/01/07 H 0-1 [0-1] Pospisal
28/10/06 A 1-1 [0-1] Velicka [1-1] Hamilton
29/07/06 H 1-2 [0-1] Bednar, [1-1] Simmons, [1-2] Pospisal
24/04/06 A 0-4 [0-1] Pospisal, [0-2] Bednar, [0-3] Mikoliunas, [0-4] Makela
14/01/06 H 1-4 [0-1] Pressley, [0-2] Pospisil, [1-2] Burchill, [1-3] Pospisal, [1-4] Skacel

Last season at Tynecastle
Hearts 2 Dunfermline 2
Betfred Cup, Sunday 29th July 2017

1132 Pars fans enjoyed their day at Tynecastle where the 2-2 draw secured their side top place in their Betfred group.

Don COWIE receive the ball on the edge of the Pars box and he crashed his low shot past Sean Murdoch for the 20th minute opener. 1-0

Then in 28th minute delight for Joe Cardle and the sun kissed Pars support. Higginbotham`s pass was gathered by CARDLE just inside the box and he showed great control to beat off John Souttar with first a right footed touch, a turn and then a low left footed shot that nestled in the bottom left of the Jambo`s net. 1-1

Latching on to a long pass up the right from Higginbotham, Callum Smith brushed aside the challenge of Souttar and sped away. He could have shot but squared for McMANUS who took the luxury of two taps to get the ball on to his right foot to release a shot that hit the net to the sheer delight of the Pars fraternity. 52 minutes on the clock and 2-1 to Dunfermline.

A 85th minute corner on the right was sent over by sub Martin, Murdoch fisted out only as far as Lafferty but Wedderburn headed behind for a corner on the left. When the ball came over there was a scramble and GONÇALVES managed to net from the melee. 2-2

The match would be decided on penalties but Dunfermline had already topped the group.

HEARTS: Jack Hamilton: Jordan McGhee, John Souttar (Krystian Nowak 53), Christophe Berra, Michael Smith: Don Cowie, Prince Buaben (Cole Stockton 60), Arnaud Djoum (Malaury Martin 74), Jamie Brandon, Isma Gonçalves, Kyle Lafferty
SUBS NOT USED: Ashley Smith-Brown, Rory Currie, Connor Randall, Viktor Noring (GK)

DUNFERMLINE: Sean Murdoch: Ryan Williamson, Callum Morris (c), Lee Ashcroft, Lewis Martin: Kallum Higginbotham, Michael Paton, Nat Wedderburn, Joe Cardle (Jean-Yves M`Voto 89): Declan McManus, Callum Smith (Scott Lochhead 66)
SUBS NOT USED: Aaron Splaine, Jason Talbot, Conner Duthie, Cammy Gill (GK)

Form this season

Inverness Caley Thistle (A) W 2-1
Ross County (H) L 1-3
Dundee United (A) W 3-2
Stirling Albion (H) W 3-1
Brechin City (A) W 7-1
Dundee (A) W 1-0
Peterhead (H) W 3-0

Celtic (H) W 1-0
Hamilton (A) W 4-1
Inverness Caley Thistle (H) W 5-0
Cowdenbeath (H) W 5-0
Raith Rovers (A) D 1-1
Cove Rangers (A) W 2-1

Last time out

DUNFERMLINE (on Tuesday v Inverness Caley Thistle)
: Cammy Gill: Paul Allan, Stuart Morrison, Tom Beadling (Gregor Jordan 63), Brandon Luke: Kallum Higginbotham (c), Matty Todd, Aidan Connolly, Calum Smith (Josh Robertson 90+1), Andy Ryan, Lewis McCann
SUBS NOT USED: Kieran Swanson, Lewis Crosbie, Paul Brown, Lewis Sawers, Craig Burt (GK)

DUNFERMLINE (on Saturday v Ross County): Lee Robinson: Lee Ashcroft (c), Mark Durnan, Jackson Longridge: Ryan Williamson (Kallum Higginbotham 66), Joe Thomson (Aidan Connolly 79), James Vincent, Louis Longridge, James Craigen: Faissal El Bakhtaoui, Myles Hippolyte (Andy Ryan 79)
SUBS NOT USED: Matthew Todd, Callum Smith, Lewis McCann, Cammy Gill (GK)

HEARTS (v Celtic): Zdenek Zlamal: Michael Smith, John Souttar, Christophe Berra (Aaron Hughes 48), Peter Haring: Ben Garuccio, Oliver Lee, Jake Mulraney (Oliver Bozanic 74), Kyle Lafferty (Harry Cochrane 81), Steven Naismith, Uche Ikpeazu.
SUBS NOT USED: Colin Doyle, Anthony McDonald, Callum Morrison, Steven MacLean.

Referee will be Bobby Madden.

Other Betfred Cup Second Round Ties

Livingston v Motherwell
Dundee v Ayr United
Kilmarnock v Rangers
Aberdeen v St Mirren
Patrick Thistle v Celtic
Hibs v Ross County
Queen of the South v St Johnstone

Make sure you pick up a copy of the match programme containing...

▪️ Record breaking youths
▫️ Graeme Robertson discusses Season 1988/89
▪️ Jackson Longridge on life with the Pars
▫️ Andy Ryan answers the Young Pars questions

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